Mass of Christian Burial for James I. Smith, Jr., 71, Lawrence will be at 10am. Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father John Schmeidler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Friday, May 25, at his home.
He was born June 22, 1940 in Shawnee, Oklahoma the son of James I. Smith, Sr. and Emma Vandeveer Smith.
Mr. Smith was a Pipefitter/Welder working for University of Kansas, Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, and for the City of Lawrence Utilities Maintenance Department from 1993 to 2010.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
He married Pam Stevens in 1976, she survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jimmy Smith in 2002, and a sister, Lucille.
Other survivors include daughters, Cheryl LaFrenz and husband Duane, Joann Wyrick and husband Phillip, and a step-daughter, Jody Steiner, all of Lawrence, brothers, Larry, Billy, and Mike Smith, all of California, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from noon to 8:30pm. Monday where the family will receive friends from 7pm. to 8:30pm. at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Memorial in his name may be left at the funeral home.
Messages & Condolences
I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy. I always enjoyed hearing about his philosophy on life and his little quips. We say them often around our house – like “If you don’t like that you won’t like what’s coming next” and “Don’t thank me, thank God I was able to”. It makes us smile and think of him every time we say it! We will keep you all in our prayers during this very sad time. We share in your grief. Blessings, Kimberly
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